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  • January 27, 2020 12:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Masquerade on the 8th Planet by Gerald Dunbar

    On Friday, January 24, 2020, my mother and I had the pleasure of attending the opening reception for the "Men Who Quilt" exhibit at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.  ACQ and Quilters DENver member, Jerry Dunbar, has a quilt in the exhibit.  It is a wonderful example of hand quilting and original design.  There are several quilts that will catch your eye including a block quilt mounted on the wall; a quilt that looks like a woven blanket; and 2 young/old portraits in log cabin that you have to stand way back from to see the images.

    The exhibit also includes a separate gallery of David Taylor applique quilts.  There were several I had seen before but there were also several new quilts in the display.  Most are on loan from private collections and this might be the only time you get to see them up close.  I have always admired David's techniques and stylized quilting.

    Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum: https://www.rmqm.org/current-exhibitions.htm

  • January 17, 2020 1:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We’ve had multiple inquiries about what our quilt guild can do to help and have three recommendations with upcoming deadlines.

    Make a Tree Block: The Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild has requested 12.5” tree blocks that they will use to make quilts for Australians who have lost so much along the South coast of New South Wales. 

    See more info on this Facebook post.

    Bring your blocks to the February 13 meeting. 

    Guidelines for making a block: 

    • Blocks should be a generous 12.5” (they will trim to size when they make the quilt tops) 
    • Can be any tree pattern in any technique
    • They do have some free tree patterns. Request to join their Facebook group and check the files there for patterns if you wish to use their patterns
    • Low-volume (white or pale gray) backgrounds and any colors for trees. What are low-volume fabrics
    • Use 100% cotton fabric
    • If you’d like to see what others are making, search the hashtag #bushfireblocks on Instagram or Facebook 
    • If you post photos of what you make please include these hashtags: #bushfireblocks and #acq

    Australian Pattern: ACQ member Marianne Jeffrey spoke at our October 2019 meeting and designed our 2020 raffle quilt. Marianne is from Australia and she has created a foundation pieced pattern of Australian animals called Australiana Adventures. She is selling the pattern on her Etsy shop and all profits will be donated to the Red Cross Bush Fire Appeal

    Visit Marianne’s Etsy Shop 

    Wildlife Pouches--there are multiple organizations promoting these efforts, sometimes with conflicting information, which is understandable given the scale of this disaster. If this is an area that you want to support we recommend you stay in touch with the Colorado Crafting for a Cause Facebook group that has recently organized. They are coordinating efforts both in Australia and locally to help animals and other causes. 

    • You can connect directly with them through their Facebook group (request to join). Be sure to read their announcements and events for their latest information. 

    • You may bring any wildlife pouches you’ve made to the ACQ February 13 meeting and ACQ member Judy Tauchen will deliver them to the Colorado Crafting for a Cause group.

    Thanks everyone for your concern and your generosity!

  • January 09, 2020 7:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Judy, an ACQ member, has crocheted a bird's nest to help Australian animals according to the instructions found at the Animal Rescue Collective Craft Guild. 

    Calling all crafters: your help is needed to make wildlife pouches to help Australian animals. Go to their Facebook page to get all of the details, including instructions and materials to use. Find the FILES link to get the instructions on their Facebook page.

  • January 08, 2020 2:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At our December quilt guild meeting, this stunning raffle quilt for 2020 was revealed.

    Modern Amish was made by the following ACQ members who also participate in the Quilters Denver bee: Jen Dietz, Marianne Jeffrey, Carole Fronk, Amy Petersen, Christian Dietz, Karen Burkenheim, Mary Holt, Jan Rosa, Janet Thornber, Barb Pond, and Herb Anderson. Not pictured: Issac Rios Cabera, Susan Roy, Jerry Dunbar, and Rachel Lambrecht.

    This quilt was designed by Marianne Jeffery and custom quilted by Amy Petersen. It is foundation paper pieced with fabric that was hand-dyed by Amy. It finished at 96"×96". This quilt has been appraised at $11,500 by quilt appraiser Cindy Brick.

    The winning ticket will be selected at our December 10, 2020 guild meeting at 8:00 pm. You can contact an ACQ quilt member to purchase a ticket or watch for us at quilting community events throughout the year. 

    Much thanks to everyone who participated in making this quilt. What a talented group of quiltmakers!

  • January 06, 2020 3:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The winning ticket was drawn by a young guest at ACQ’s December 12 guild meeting at 8:00 pm.

    We’re pleased to announce the winner was Don McLean. Don has served on the maintenance team at the church where we have held our meetings and quilt shows for years. He bought 6 tickets during the 2019 Festival of Quilts.

    He has been buying our raffle tickets every year for 28 years. Congratulations Don!

  • January 03, 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ACQ Members: Renew Online Now and Save Time Later!

    Just a few quick steps and your membership will be renewed for 2020. Or, if you weren't a member in 2019, please join us today for great quilty inspiration this year!

    Reset Your Password

    If you haven't signed in to your account yet, click on the blue silhouette (desktop) or the arrow (mobile) found at the top right of the page, and click on 'Forgot password'. Follow the prompts to reset your password.

    Review Your Profile

    After you've signed in to your account, click on the blue silhouette at the top right and select "View profile". If you have information to update or correct, select "Edit profile". We encourage you to add a profile picture, it will help us to get to know each other. 

    Renew Your Membership

    When you're signed in to your account, you can follow the prompts to pay your dues securely online. You may land on a page that gives immediate access to your balance due—click on the blue button "Pay Online". Or look for the message alert at the bottom left of your screen. 

    Register for 2020 Workshops

    Now that your membership is up to date, be sure to check out the 2020 Workshops and register soon.

    Remember that the best price for workshops is the Early Bird Admission for ACQ members before workshops open to non-members. Register soon for March and April to get the best rate.

    See all workshops

  • November 26, 2019 12:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Did you know you can support ACQ whenever you shop at Amazon? 

    AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

    You still get all of your Amazon Prime delivery services if you're a Prime member.

    Support ACQ by shopping at smile.amazon.com: just click the banner above to get started. 

    Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.

  • November 15, 2019 12:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Doors open at 6:00 • Dinner starts at 6:30
    Show & Tell • 
    Silent Auction 
    2019 Raffle Quilt Drawing • 2020 Raffle Quilt Reveal

    Scout your quilting supplies, notions & fabric for treasures:

    • Duplicate items
    • You’ve finished the project but the tools can be reused
    • Fabric you’re not going to use
    • Kits or UFOs that you no longer wish to make (bonus if the pattern is part of the package!)

    Please only bring items that someone else will want! (If your item does not sell, please take it home at the end of the evening.)

    One Dollar Table: There will be a table for patterns and solo fat quarters. No bid sheet is necessary for these items. 

    Print the Bid Sheet and fill it out for each item that you're donating (except patterns and solo fat quarters). Bring your unwanted quilty items with bid sheets to the meeting. Be prepared to find amazing treasures as you shop and bid at the December meeting.

    Holiday Potluck

    If you have any holiday favorite foods to share, please feel free to bring a family favorite. All foods can be bought or baked—if you don’t cook, please buy. Please bring enough of your food item for 8 to 12 servings or more.

    By last name please bring the following:

    • A – D Salad: Vegetable, Pasta, Jello, Fruit or Side Salad
    • E – H Dessert
    • I – R Side Dish: Breads, Potatoes, Pasta, Appetizers, Veggies 
    • S – Z Main Dish: Hot or cold

    *Please have your food item ready to go. If you have a favorite recipe, please share it. Let’s have fun—don’t stress out!

    **Also, please do not bring serving utensils. We have a lot to use at the church and then yours won't get mixed in with theirs.

  • November 08, 2019 12:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nathlia Holtz pieced and appliequed this lovely Log Cabin Quilt, which was then quilted by Merrie Jones. Amazing job from both of them—thank you Nathlia and Merrie!

    Chances will be available at the November meeting and at the Holiday Food & Gift Festival, along with our 2019 Raffle Quilt. 


  • November 07, 2019 4:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There's something for everyone next year: traditional quilts, art quilts, modern quilts . . . and everything in between. 

    Be sure to join us on the 2nd Thursday each month (in April 2020, it will be the 3rd Thursday) for our guild meetings and set aside some time for ACQ Workshops. 

    January 9 Guild Meeting • Demo Night


    February 13 Guild Meeting • Lea McComas, Making Faces

    February 14-15 Workshop • Lea McComas, Applique Portrait Quilts (this is a 2-day workshop)


    March 12 Guild Meeting • Lynne Hagmeier, Moda and Beyond 

    March 13 Workshop • Lynne Hagmeier, 30-Something


    April 16 Guild Meeting • Sherri Lynn Wood, Improvise! Quilting, Creating and Living Courageously

    April 17-18 Workshop • Sherri Lynn WoodWedge Curve Improv (this is a 2-day workshop)


    May 14 Guild Meeting • Deborah Boschert, Stitching, Symbols, Signature Style

    May 15 Workshop • Deborah Boschert, Creativi-Tree Art Quilts

    June 11 Guild Meeting, Jo Fitsell 

    June 12 Workshop • Jo FitsellMarbling dyeing • Location TBD

    July 9 Guild Meeting • Potluck & Challenge Quilt

    August 13 Guild Meeting • Kelly Ashton 

    August 14 Workshop • Kelly Ashton60-Degree Quilts 

    September 10 Guild Meeting • Sherry Reynolds 

    October 8 Guild Meeting • Jaimie Davis 

    October 9 Workshop • Jaimie DavisBaltimore Blooms 

    November 12 Guild Meeting • Peg Collins 

    November 13 Workshop • Peg CollinsConfetti Landscapes


    December 10 Guild Meeting • Potluck & Silent Auction

    We're looking forward to much inspiration and creativity this year and hope that you'll join us.

    View ACQ Calendar


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When we can be in person:
First Plymouth Congregational Church
3501 S. Colorado Blvd.
Englewood, CO  80113


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